Published report

Skills Strategy: Support for the South African Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan

The skills strategy focuses on those interventions that facilitate access to skills development and workplace-based learning (WBL) programmes for large numbers of young people in order to boost job creation and improve employability.

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The skills strategy sets out key interventions to ensure the effective implementation of the Economic Reconstruction and Recovery Plan (ERRP). It is intended to ensure that skills are not a constraint to economic development and therefore proposes interventions and actions that address occupational shortages and skills gaps in the labour market. More importantly, the strategy supports the implementation of the ERRP in ways that both maximise opportunities for new entrants to the labour market and promote the preservation of existing jobs and the creation of new jobs.

The strategy is aimed at expanding the participation of young people in skills development programmes as well as workplace-based learning opportunities. The ERRP commits to ensuring that learners access workplace-based learning opportunities and places responsibility on all infrastructure projects to contribute towards the creation of newly skilled artisans.

This publication covers

  • Introduction & purpose
  • Mandate for the skills strategy
  • Approach to the development of the skills strategy
  • Overview of interventions and activities
  • Implementation